DAYTON, OH. – Dayton will experience the largest local gathering of advocates for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease at the Dayton Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 5.
More than 2,000 Montgomery and Greene county residents are expected to converge at Fifth Third Field as caregivers, those living with the disease, people who have lost a loved one and supporters come together with one voice and one purpose. The Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Eric VanVlymen, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, said, “The Walk is a large expression of hope for thousands of families who are anxious for a cure, new treatments and better ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Our efforts are fueled by passion and a push that research continues to advance what we know about the disease.”
“We can not let another generation grow up without a cure,” VanVlymen said. “We are working to find the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease.”
While at the Walk, participants can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with a poignant tribute known as the Promise Garden ceremony.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. It accounts for about 60-80 percent of dementia cases. In the United States, more than 5.8 million people live with Alzheimer’s disease. In the Miami Valley, there are 30,000 living with the disease and 90,000 caregivers.
Amanda Zemmer, Chair of the Dayton Walk to End Alzheimer’s, said, “There is something to be said about linking arms with those who are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. We share a unique bond. It is so powerful when we work together and fight to end this disease that robs us of so much. But we fight on through the tears and lost memories to work towards finding that first survivor of Alzheimer’s.”
Participants can pre-register for the Walk at alz.org/walk. Registration is free. Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.